Approaches

When I begin therapy with someone, I listen very carefully to consider what is the best treatment approach for this person and this person’s difficulty.  It is a collaborative process.  I will ask you many questions, and I hope that you will ask me as well.

Given that I trained in the Boston area, I have a strong background in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This means understanding the way that one’s past experiences affect the way they feel and behave in the present. It is a useful template to have in the back of one’s mind, but it is not the only tool.

I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to address anxiety and depression.  This is an evidence based approach that teaches people to notice their thoughts, behaviors and emotions.  One can learn to notice how thoughts affect emotions and behaviors and learn to think about situations differently.

I also use EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing) to address the disruptive emotional effects of traumatic events. EMDR is also a useful approach to anxiety and some compulsive behaviors.

Lately I have incorporated the work of Brene Brown, Ph.D. on courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. In addition, I find the work of Kristin Neff, Ph.D. on self-compassion to be very compelling. This last piece of work also incorporates mindfulness, a practice which is very useful in self-care and managing anxiety.

I find it useful to have a range of strategies to draw upon. People and families are diverse; with a range of skills I can tailor my approach to the needs and style of the client.